Detroit’s future must be Made in Detroit

Happy New Year…?

Here in Detroit, I suppose we’ll have to wait and see. Hope is a wonderful thing, and right through here that’ s about all we can afford.

Unemployment is nearing 50 percent, which has to be far and away the worst number of any large/medium-sized city in the country. The kind of desperation that such an incomprehensible level of joblessness breeds is hard to put into words. That’s the kind of pain and anguish that has to be seen up close and personal to truly be understood.  Who knows what a man or woman might do when they simply do not know what to do, and when the consequences for “why not?”  no longer intimidate.

But however we do manage to pull up and out, and I have to believe that this will happen, the one thing we should all know by now is that the Salvation of Detroit will be Made in Detroit. We know how to build things here, and if there was ever a time when we needed to put those building skills to the test it’s now. We need all hands on deck to build a sustainable tomorrow.

SHAMELESS PLUG: Read my wife’s blog @ The “D” Spot Redeux


~ by Keith A. Owens on January 4, 2010.

4 Responses to “Detroit’s future must be Made in Detroit”

  1. Happy New Year, TeamOwens!

    Well said, with the caveat that “Made in Detroit” means Metro Detroit, not just the city. We sink or swim together. The region grows or it suffers. It’s not we-they, it’s US.

  2. Hello “d” spot,

    Did you know that 2010 is the 90th anniversary of the installation of the first traffic light in the world. And the first traffic light was at the corner of Woodward Avenue and Michigan Avenue in Detroit. William Potts of Detroit was the inventor. Wouldn’t it be great if someone like Mr Potts were living in 2010. What would he invent in 2010 that would be installed in every village, town, city and country of the world in such a short space of time?

    • Hello Russell, and thanks for stopping by!

      Fortunately my wife is a history buff so she did inform me about Detroit being the first location of the traffic light. Indeed, Detroit as you know has an extremely rich history of which I’m quite sure most of the country is not aware. If Mr. Potts was alive today what could he invent…

      That’s a great question, Russell. Gonna have to give e a minute to come up with an answer…

    • The reality of the matter is that there are plenty of “William Potts” in this city. There are plenty of intelligent, talented, gifted men and women in the city. They are departing everyday, but many are still here. Until the culture of corruption. Until the elevation of individuals predicated upon who you know as opposed to what you know and your talent. Until folks stop voting for who they like, rather than who is qualified in terms of experience, comportment, passion, and talent… Detroit will suffer. Perhaps the city hasn’t suffered enough to get. Perhaps the only hope for the city will be regentrification, and we know what that means.

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